Carework as Choreography

October 17, 2017

Please join the Blackwood Gallery at UTM on Wed. Oct. 18th for an afternoon of talks, performances, and presentations by artists, activists, and UTM faculty exploring issues related to care work and care giving.

Carework as Choreography

Wed. Oct. 18th, 12–4pm

Blackwood Gallery


12–2pm: Feminist Lunchtime Talks with Cynthia Cranford, Marisa Morán Jahn, Kwentong Bayan Collective, Pinky Paglingayen

Lunch will be provided. The Feminist Lunchtime Talks are presented in partnership with Women and Gender Studies (UTM).


Kwentong Bayan Collective (Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo) and Marisa Morán Jahn (CareForce) will speak about their projects in Take Care, including the community-based comic book Labour of Love, which details real life stories of Filipin@ and Filipinx migrant caregivers, and CareForce, a transmedia public art, mobile studio, and web-series that amplifies the voices of America’s fastest-growing workforce, caregivers. UTM associate professor of sociology Cynthia Cranford will speak about her research on personal care work in California and Ontario, and local activist Pinky Paglingayen will discuss her advocacy work as a former caregiver and now settlement counsellor with the Caregivers in Transition Program at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office.


The talks will be followed by a tour of the exhibition and a CareForce dance rally led by Marisa Morán Jahn.


2–3pm: Care Work Exhibition Talk & Tour

3–4pm: CareForce Dance Rally


For more information about this event, please visit


Presented as part of the Blackwood Gallery’s 2017-18 programming season:



September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018

Curated by Letters & Handshakes


Encompassing a five-part exhibition series, performances, and workshops, Take Care mobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers confronting the crisis of care. Take Care unfolds as a series of exhibitions organized around five circuits of care:


Labour of Curation, September 11–30, 2017

Care Work, October 16–November 4, 2017

Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, November 20–December 9, 2017 Stewardship, January 8–27, 2018 Collective Welfare, February 12–March 10, 2018


For more on the entire exhibition program, please visit our website at

The travels of an exotic bird: The transnational trajectories of Venezuela’s constitutional recognition of the value of unpaid work

September 20, 2017

In her recent article, Masaya Llavaneras-Blanco, a Doctoral Associate with the CGSP, talks about Venezuela’s constitutional recognition of unpaid carework.

The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) established a global norm to recognize the economic value of unpaid care work across the world. In 1999, Venezuela became the first of three South American countries to enshrine a similar norm with its Constitution in its Article 88. I argue that despite the temporal proximity of the two events and the global significance of the BPfA, the global norm only served partially as a tipping point for Venezuela. Taking an analytical framework that underscores the role of norm-takers, this article demonstrates that other, national, regional and transnational interactions led by national actors in national and regional arenas were as important as Beijing ‘95 for the development of Article 88.

Full article

Crossing Scarborough: Nation, Migration & Place-Making between the TRC and the 150

September 20, 2017


Crossing Scarborough: Nation, Migration & Place-Making between the TRC and the 150

The workshop brings together scholars in the fields of transnational migration, the law and Indigeneity to develop an agenda of education for reconciliation focused on questions of migration, im/mobility and belonging. The workshop is convened by Professors Paloma Villegas and Patricia Landolt and presented in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery at UTSC.

Program details at:

Registration is required.


Thu, 28 September 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT


Room IC318

University of Toronto Scarborough

Care Work at the Venice Biennale

September 15, 2017

At this year’s 57th Venice Biennale, a spotlight shone on the work of care.

‘A World Without Borders’ was the theme of the Tunisian Pavilion at the exhibition.

Fiona Williams, emeritus professor of social policy at the University of Leeds and partner collaborator for the GMC project was asked to write a short essay on migration for the exhibit.

Fiona’s essay highlights her own cross-national research on migrant care workers. She also draws upon Professor Ito Peng and Professor Sonya Michel’s work from their book Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care.

Who would have thought that the GMC Project would receive recognition within the international arts scene? It offers a new and unique venue to get people interested and concerned with the work of care.

Read Fiona’s essay for the Tunisian Pavilion here. Note Dr. Ito Peng and Dr. Sonya Michel’s book referenced at the end of the essay.

Caregiver work should be treated like a globally traded commodity: U of T Study

July 26, 2017

In a recent article published by University of Toronto’s Arts & Science News, Principal Investigator Dr. Ito Peng highlights the need to address economic, gender, and racial inequality within the contemporary care economy.


Call for Applications: 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships at the CGSP

July 13, 2017

Call for Proposals 

The Centre for Global Social Policy at the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto intends to appoint up to 3 one-year or 6 six-month Postdoctoral Research Fellow(s). 

Application Deadline September 15, 2017

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship(s) will be funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, for research aligned with one of the eight sub-projects of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care Partnership Project 

The appointment(s) shall be for a period of from six months to one year. The postdoctoral fellow(s) will work on their own research under the supervision or co-supervision of one of the Project Leads of the Partnership Project, with the fellow housed at the home institution of one of the supervisors. The Fellowships are designed to provide financial and intellectual support for outstanding scholars at the beginning of their professional careers.


Applicants must have completed their PhDs within 5 years of the beginning of the fellowship, in January 2018.

The fellowship provides an annual $45,000.00 Canadian stipend, prorated for those with shorter appointments.

Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries, but fellows must participate in a culminating week-long seminar in December 2018 at the University of Toronto.

The fellowship begins January 1, 2018.


You will need to provide us with the following documents in your application:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Proposal
  4. Letter of recommendation from host institution supervisor, indicating their willingness to supervise the fellow and the institutional support that will be provided (office space, opportunities for presentation and networking, etc.)

All required documents must be compiled in a single file in Word or PDF format and submitted by email to

For questions about the program and eligibility, please contact Deanna Pikkov, Research Associate, by email at .


From Janet with Love

July 7, 2017

From Janet with Love is an interactive photo essay written by Helene Klodawsky. It tells the story of Jennifer Haydock and her mother Janet, a pen-pal bride originally from the Philippines. The piece beautifully captures the value of care work and touches on a unique migration pathway to Canada. Principle investigator Ito Peng will be working closely with Helene on her next documentary project, “Care Revolution.”


“Our imaginations are blank when it comes to care”

June 15, 2017

With these words, Helene Klodawsky a critically acclaimed filmmaker from Montreal, challenged us to ‘go beyond bland’ and embrace emotionally charged stories if we truly wish to spark audience interest in issues surrounding care.

In her documentary series ‘Care Rebels,’ Helene profiles individuals who are challenging the invisibility and social undervaluation of care work to radically reshape our collective perception of care. She is also working on a larger documentary, ‘Care Revolution,’ in which Project Lead Ito Peng will serve as an expert consultant.

Shaping the care landscape starts with sharing a moment. Helene challenged us to put ourselves in the shoes of somebody who has never thought about the work of care before. To build a narrative that is both informative and compelling, we must ask the questions that too often are neglected. How does a day in a life of a care recipient look like? What are the experiences of young caregivers? Do Canadians see themselves in the work of care? Pursuing these questions can shed light into the realities of care experienced by everyday people.

Helene also encouraged us to look into different creative avenues for showcasing our stories, explaining that a diversity of media platforms can help heighten public interest in the issues surrounding care. For instance, a podcast series exploring the social context of care can accompany a photo-essay of care workers’ daily lived experiences. Widely consumed media sources such as radio and newspapers also present an opportunity to get our stories out to a wider audience. Taking advantage of these outlets complements our objective of showcasing care work from multiple angles.

With refreshed enthusiasm and a surge of creativity, we are looking forward to continuing our Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination efforts!

CALL FOR NEW SCHOLARS writing stipend $3000 Gender, Migration and the Work of Care

December 8, 2016

Call for Proposals
Gender, Migration and the Work of Care
A Research Project supported by the
Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Center for Global Social Policy, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

New Scholar Associate Program

The Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project is pleased to announce funding opportunities for new scholars working in areas connected with its foci. The overall project consists of eight interconnected multi-national research initiatives directed toward investigating how the (re-)organization of care is influencing global migration of care workers, and what this means for gender inequalities, social developments, and global governance. These research initiatives examine the social, cultural, and political construction of care; social, economic, and political conditions that are affecting the demand for care and the supply of care workers, and; the living and working conditions of migrant care workers. For information about each project, visit the CGSP website (

We are now accepting applications for New Scholar Associates. The program will provide support to exceptional new scholars conducting research relevant to at least one of the eight subprojects. Up to five applicants will be accepted for 2017-2018. Successful New Scholar Associate applicants will receive a one-time $3,000 writing stipend (to be paid in two installments) to support the advancement and mobilization of their research. They will also have opportunities to work and network with Canadian and international scholars in the field and to gain experience by interacting with policy and NGO community partners. Finally, the program will disseminate their research outcomes to expert and general audiences through various channels such as CGSP workshop presentations and CGSP social media postings and profiles.

Program Responsibilities:

The New Scholar Associates Program offers writing stipends to recent PhD graduates in the social sciences or humanities. The stipends are aimed at supporting the development and completion of academic presentations and publications based on a working paper prepared with the support of the grant. Associates will establish a working paper review committee composed of two to three relevant project leads and/or partners of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project. Six months after the receipt of funds, associates must submit a working paper to their review committee, along with a written report demonstrating that the following outcomes have been achieved:

  • Network connections have been established with leading and/or upcoming researchers and decision makers in the area of gender, migration, and care work
  • A version of the working paper has been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or edited collection (status of that submission to be specified).
  • Grantee has made plans to present his/her research (in part or in whole) at a CGSP workshop or conference or another peer-reviewed conference or appropriate venue.


New Scholar Associates are recent PhD graduates with a promising research profile whose research work enhances knowledge and understanding in at least one of the nine Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care projects.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed their PhD program in the last 3 years
  • Applicants may or may not be working with a project lead or partner of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project
  • Applicants may be from any relevant discipline
  • Applicants may or may not be Canadian citizens, and may or may not be working within Canada
  • Applicants must be conducting part or all of their research on North American, Asian, and/or Asia Pacific countries, their citizens, and/or their migrant workers
  • Applicants may hold a post-doctoral appointment during the program
  • Applicants may not hold an academic faculty position during the program



Applications must include a cover letter; a letter of intent (no longer than two pages describing the relevant research, the working paper that will be completed by the end of the program, and plans for use of funds); a curriculum vitae; and two letters of recommendation, one of which should come from the applicant’s doctoral advisor. Single-file applications and letters must be submitted electronically by email to Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from referees via their institutional email accounts. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with winners selected and informed at the beginning of May, September, and January. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

For questions about the program and eligibility, please contact Deanna Pikkov, Interim Research Associate, by email at or by phone at 1-416-978-6351.